Bath rugby kicked off their Amlin Cup campaign with a deserving win against Bucharest Wolves on Saturday. Tries from Will Spencer, Ross Batty, Sam Vesty, Ollie Devoto and Kane Palma-Newport provided the bonus point, ensuring the perfect start to the Amlin Cup campaign!
A mild afternoon in the heart of Eastern Europe set the scene for a hard fought Amlin Cup game, with many familiar Bath supporters around the ground. Bath made a good start to the game, putting the Wolves on the back foot, resulting in an early penalty, kicked by Sam Vesty. Vesty then went on to score a second penalty, putting a six-point gap between the two teams. In the "minute", Bath's power and impact up front proved too much for the Wolves defence, which allowed Will Spencer to stretch over the line to touch down, providing the first of many tries.
With minutes to go, Bucharest got the crowd going when Florin Surugiu scored a well worked move from the forwards, putting pressure onto Bath. Bath ended the half like they started it, applying pressure in the middle, then spreading the ball out wide to Ross Batty, who crashed over in the corner for his first of the season. Vesty kicked both conversions and another penalty to make the scoreline Bucharest Wolves 7 - Bath Rugby 23!
Into the second half, Bath again started the half the better of the two teams. The forwards really put the pressure on the Romanians at scrum time, with Bath winning ball against the head on several occasions. After some quality quick hands from Olly Woodburn, a gap was created for Vesty to crash through to score Bath's third – Vesty subsequently scored the conversion from way out wide - a great kick!
During the second half, winger Kyle Eastmond gave being fly-half a crack and was hugely successful, so look out for him playing there in the future. Bath continued to dominate throughout the half, leading to more tries. The first was scored by first time starter Ollie Devoto, receiving the ball in the midfield and skipping his way through the defence to score his first Bath try. The fifth try was scored by Kane Palma-Newport, who emerged from the bottom of a powerfully driven maul, to the obvious joy of the forwards! It was a fitting end to a hard fought game with Guy Mercer and Otar Turashvili being sent to the sin-bin for violent conduct.
Final Score Bucharest Wolves 17 - Bath Rugby 40.
Centurions Club Man Of The Match this week goes to Will Skuse for the confidence in which he carried the ball, throwing himself into every tackle and keeping a tight ship in the back row in both scrummaging and rucking, though Will Spencer must have been close.
Bath's next game involves a trip to southern France to take on Agen. It will be a hard game for the Blue, Black and White, but we should be confident after this hugely successful bonus-point win. And with all three debutants, Ollie Devoto, Will Skuse and Brett Sharman looking good, then we should have a strong chance going into the game!